Karel Perras passed away on February 12, 2023, in the care of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka after a fierce battle with cancer. She was born on August 18, 1946, in Missoula, Montana to Eugene and Dolores Kopriva. She spent her first ten years in northern Idaho before moving to Fortuna in 1956. Karel graduated from Fortuna High School in 1964 and then attended Providence School of Nursing in Oakland. She married Randal Lee Perras on August 27, 1966, and they had two sons, Todd Randal and Dustan Anthony.

The family lived in Eugene, Oregon for a few years before moving to Ruth Lake, where they owned and ran Ruth Lakeside Resort, now known as Journey’s End. Later, Karel helped establish and worked as an EMT1 and in the clinic for S.T.A.R. Southern Trinity Area Rescue. In 1987, Karel and her sons moved to Sacramento where Karel worked and retired as an LVN for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Jail.

In 2005, Karel and her partner Rodney Pinkston retired and moved to the family property she loved so much in Mad River. There, they enjoyed the peace, serenity, and beauty of the mountains and rivers. Karel loved spending time with family and friends, visiting, playing games like rummy cubes and panguingue, boating on Ruth Lake with family and friends, sharing a meal, or just sitting around and reminiscing and telling stories.

Karel is preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Dolores and her brother James Kopriva. She is survived by her partner of 30 years, Rodney Pinkston, her sisters Camille Regli and Mary Casewell, her brother and sister-in-law Andy and Joan Kopriva, her children Todd and Dustan Perras, daughter-in-law Naomi Perras, her grandchildren Erica, Donovan, Anthony, Shilo, Todd Jr. (Perras), Maxwell Konopitski, and her great-grandchild Brendwyn Perras, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.

Karel was an incredibly beautiful, loving, and kind soul, and she will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her. Services will be held on March 6, 2023, at Assumption Catholic Church in Ferndale, CA at 4 p.m.


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